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Moving into a senior living community can be a very exciting time in your life, especially if you’re open to the possibilities and options available for an active, independent and fun retirement. As COVID-19 restrictions ease and society begins to reopen, senior living communities are seeing a sudden influx of interest from seniors and family members who have realized the benefits senior living can provide.

“Since March, East Ridge at Cutler Bay has followed very strict safety protocols to protect the health of residents and associates,” says Mary Scott Russell, Director of Community Relations of East Ridge at Cutler Bay, Miami-Dade County’s only true Life Plan Community. “Now, with current information regarding the virus, the community is prepared to accept new residents and provide a carefree, engaging, active and independent lifestyle to a whole new class of seniors.”

“Choosing East Ridge at Cutler Bay means you’re choosing a community that provides the lifestyle you’ve been dreaming about and peace of mind for you and your family,” says Mary. “You or your loved one will find a home they’ll grow to love, a staff that will care for them as their own and safety and security that will ensure their health and well-being throughout their senior years.”

How Senior Living Provides Peace of Mind

One of the biggest ways that East Ridge at Cutler Bay provides peace of mind is through their service as a Life Plan community. “Our 76-acre campus offers independent living in a true neighborhood setting, along with assisted living, memory support and skilled nursing available under one roof,” says Mary. “That’s the purpose and goal of LifeCare – providing the best lifestyle possible plus care for life without you ever having to move away from the community you know and love.”

Independent living residents at East Ridge at Cutler Bay pay a one-time entrance fee to the community and then continue to pay a monthly fee during the length of their stay with us. “The entrance fee provides peace of mind for your future,” says Mary. “It ensures that if you ever need assisted living, memory support, skilled nursing or rehabilitation services, you’ll receive that care right here, without having to move away. It’s security without worry.”

The Benefits of Senior Living During Uncertain Times

Everything you need, all in one place. Many seniors, especially those with mobility issues, can find it difficult to get to the store and buy the items they need on a regular basis. During the pandemic, finding necessities was sometimes impossible – plus, seniors also ran the risk of becoming infected, so many would stay at home. However, at a senior living community, the need to “go out” simply isn’t an issue. Senior living communities are well stocked with the necessities such as hand sanitizer, soap and toilet paper. Plus, because these communities are all-inclusive and maintenance-free, there’s no need to leave the campus to buy groceries, get cleaning supplies or even go out for entertainment. The staff members take care of everything, and they maintain the highest levels of cleanliness and safety for everyone involved.

Social connection. Loneliness is a problem for seniors even during the best of times, but it was particularly taxing during these recent months when sheltering-in-place was the norm. Many senior living communities locked down and didn’t allow visitors, but they were still able to keep residents connected with each other – and with family members. Many communities invested in technologies like video chatting capabilities, iPads and other equipment that allowed for virtual  face-to-face interaction. Best of all, the seniors didn’t have to be completely tech savvy – the staff members were able to help and make the sessions fun without frustration. Finally, because residents were and are quarantined together, it’s a lot easier to have games, activities and events – even if everyone might need to stand a little further away from each other than normal.

Less stress for seniors and families. One of the biggest stressors for family members during the pandemic was worrying about if their loved one was staying healthy or getting the help they needed. That’s actually a pretty common worry for all family members of senior adults during a pandemic or not. A senior living community like East Ridge at Cutler Bay can take a big part of that stress away, because seniors – and family members – know that caring assistance is right there whenever it’s needed. If an accident happens, your loved one won’t be waiting for an ambulance or help – and it’s possible they’ll be able to stay right where they are without having to go to a hospital.

“There are many benefits to living at a senior living community, whether it’s a pandemic situation or not,” says Mary. “Besides the obvious benefits, they’re also just really fun environments for today’s senior, providing maintenance-free living and a carefree lifestyle that allows them to enjoy their retirement years to the fullest. Now that our community is open for tours and move-ins, we invite you to connect with us and come see our amazing community for yourself. We can’t wait to welcome you home.”

About East Ridge at Cutler Bay

East Ridge at Cutler Bay, a SantaFe Senior Living Community, is Miami-Dade County’s only true Life Plan Community. The not-for-profit community draws from the neighborhood charm of suburban Cutler Bay and the vibrancy of Miami in a lush tropical setting of 76 acres, located at 19301 SW 87th Avenue. The community offers a full continuum of care including independent living garden homes in a neighborhood setting, assisted living, memory support, respite care, skilled nursing and rehabilitation services.